Employing your own Personal Assistant
People who are receiving a Personal Budget can choose to receive this as a Direct Payment. One of the ways you can use your Direct Payment is to employ someone to help you, known as a ‘Personal Assistant’
More information about Personal Budgets and Direct Payments
Why choose a PA?
Employing your own PA can have lots of benefits such as:
- More flexible support.
- You are in control – you choose the person that will support you, what help you need and when to have it.
- Familiarity of having the same person always supporting you and building up a close working relationship.
You would be taking on the role of an ‘Employer’, so you would need to ensure that you are fully aware of your responsibilities e.g. paying the employee on time, paying HMRC tax & national insurance contributions, paying holiday pay and pension/sick pay (if eligible). Personal Assistants have the same rights as all other employees so must be treated in the same way.
Stockport Council’s Choosing and Purchasing Team have lots of Employer guides to help you (scroll down the page to download them). Stockport Council also provides a payroll service for Direct Payments client so the employee’s pay, tax and national insurance will all be worked out for you. They will set up your Employer insurance and this allows you access to an Employment Helpline for any employment queries.
If you employ a person who you don’t know it is strongly advisable that you have a DBS (formerly known as CRB) check completed on the individual before they start work for you - the Choosing and Purchasing Team can arrange this for you.
Employing your own employee can seem daunting to start with but with support from Choosing & Purchasing, the Employer Helpline, Skills for care and other online resources it’s an option that has proven to be work well for individuals who want a more personalised approach.
Please click on the links below to find out more information about employing your own Personal Assistant:
Download Employer Guides
Click on the links below to download the guides produced by Stockport Council Choosing and Purchasing team: